Tullow Oil given licence to flare Ugandan gas

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Tullow Oil given licence to flare Ugandan gas

• Tullow Oil contract under attack from NGO observers
• Flaring could release huge volumes of greenhouse gases

Shell, Nigerian gas flare

Shell flares gas near Warri, in the Niger delta. Shell’s gas flaring in the country is regarded as the biggest source of carbon emissions in sub-Saharan Africa. Photograph: George Osodi/AP

Tullow Oil, the London-based oil operator, has signed contracts with the Ugandan government allowing it to flare gas with the potential to release huge volumes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, according to a report by non-governmental organisations.

The production-sharing agreement also appears to carry few specific safeguards in the event of spills or other environmental damage and is too financially weighted in favour of Tullow, says the study by the UK-based NGO Platform, which is working in Uganda with the Civil Society Coalition on Oil.

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